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B. NEW BUSINESS

Approval is requested for the proposed Alumni Resolution.

Whereas the Indiana University Alumni Association, Inc., since its inception in 1854, has served as the primary link between the university and its alumni worldwide;

Whereas, the alumni association consists of two main entities: (1) A 501©(3) non-profit organization incorporated separately from the university and governed by a 7-member Board of Managers and a 72-member Executive Council, and (2) The Office of Alumni Relations, a department in the central administration of Indiana University;

Whereas, the alumni association serves as an umbrella organization that incorporates all eight of the IU campuses, all school constituent societies, all special interest affiliate groups, and all alumni clubs located worldwide;

Whereas, the alumni association is administered by a system-wide staff of university employees; the executive director located on the Bloomington campus is part of the IU president's administrative staff; alumni directors on each of the other seven campuses have dual reporting lines to the executive director and to their campus chancellor;

Whereas, the alumni association is charged by the university to be the keeper of the official record of all alumni demographic information, to implement various university ceremonies, and to offer opportunities for alumni, students, and friends to be involved through communications, programs, and services;

Whereas, the alumni association assists the university in recruitment and retention of students; creates an environment conducive to the university's dedication to lifelong learning; supports the university's missions and goals; promotes and supports the development of public and private resources; and engages in activities that enhance the university's reputation at the state, national, and international levels.

Therefore be it resolved that the Indiana University Alumni Association, Inc. and the Office of Alumni Relations shall be the primary entity responsible for these activities, and is charged with directing and providing support to all units of Indiana University engaged in relations with and programs for its alumni.

Unanimously approved on motion duly made and seconded.

Trustee Backer called the board's attention to an article in USA Today listing various goals that any university should have regarding the education of teachers, and thanked President Brand for acquainting the board with what is a significant national issue. He also commended Russ Hanson, acting dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, for doing a wonderful job of opening the lines of communication between COAS and the School of Education. He said he had come away from several discussions very optimistic about IU's ability to turn out much better qualified teachers for the State of Indiana.


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